4 Oct 2011
Everton Res 2 Sunderland Res 2

An early morning departure saw Sunderland Women's Reserves travel to Everton Ladies Reserves and the resumption of league action following last weeks cup games. On an ideal playing surface that had benefited from some early morning rain, both side signalled their intent to play fast attacking football. Everton posed some early problems, as they looked to make good use of their wide attacking players. Sunderland however were looking well organised and resilient in defending and with Katie Luther making her debut in goal they looked confident in the early exchanges. Sunderland were increasingly threating on the break. With Lindsay McCubbin causing continual problems for the home defence both Beth Gardener and Becca Hunt were always striving to deliver a telling cross into the Everton penalty area. The first half ended goal-less, as Sunderland continued to defend with real conviction to deny Everton any clear sights on goal.

 

HT..Everton Res 0  Sunderland Res 0

 

Following the break Sunderland started the brighter of the two sides as they worked hard to prevent Everton playing forward, denying their forwards time and closing down quickly. It was Everton who took the lead however but Katie Luther was unlucky to see the ball elude her. 

 

Sunderland were back on level terms within a minute - from the re- start, Beth Gardener made a surging run down the right and her cross was met first time by Lindsay McCubbin who finished with a powerful half volley.With the scores level after 55 minutes, Sunderland went further ahead when Jane Riddell broke through the Everton rearguard, and her determination took her into the penalty area. With a defender bearing down, Jane's shot at goal was well saved by the Everton goalkeeper but Jane reacted quickest to the loose ball and her left foot shot gave Sunderland a deserved 2-1 lead. On 72 minutes Charlotte Proud replaced Lyndsey McCubbin, and her pace quickly caused problems for the home defence. With Sunderland looking strong in defence, their counter attacks were becoming ever more threatening. With the game entering its final stages, Charlotte Proud burst into the box and as she prepared to shoot, she appeared to impeded by two Everton defenders for what looked like a clear penalty - unfortunately for Sunderland the referee waved play on much to Sunderland's frustration. 

 

With the 90 minutes up Everton threw everything forward while Sunderland continued to defend resolutely. With the game now into the 5th minute of time added on a goal-mouth scramble saw an Everton shot hit the post and despite Jane Riddell's despairing tackle on the line, Everton forced the ball home. There was only time to restart the game, as the referee blew for full time and the game ended 2-2 all. This was a fantastic team performance and all involved on the day should be very proud of their contribution.

 

FT..Everton Res 2  Sunderland Res 2

 

Sunderland Res: Luther, Beer, Salicki, Bell, Riddell, Unwin, Chisholm, Caldwell, Gardener, Hunt (Olley), McCubbin (Proud); Subs not used; Venison, Hockaday

Sunderland Reserves came from behind to draw 2-2 at Everton.
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Jane Riddell scored Sunderland's second
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